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August 12, 2017

Can You Become a Five-Star Doctor?

What makes the difference between a good doctor and an excellent doctor? Or better said: How can a medical student become a 5-star doctor? I asked around at my medical school to get an idea of what medical students at different stages think are the characteristics of a 5-star physician. Essentially, I asked them what makes a great doctor stand out among just good doctors.

For me personally, an excellent doctor is knowledgeable in their area and up-to-date in the latest research and applies this in a practical, ethical, professional way. Also, this doctor knows how to communicate complex technical topics in a simple user-friendly way. The excellent doctor i...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

August 12, 2017

The Doctor as Detective

Currently, I'm in the middle of the second rotation of my third year. So far, life is far better than what preceded the clinical years of my medical education. The learning is constant, you're in an environment you've wanted to be in since the pre-med years, and you're wo...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

August 11, 2017

Life as a (Soon-to-be) Resident

What a change just a few months can have on your life. Three months ago, I was in the middle of prepping for Step 1; two months ago, I took it. Walking out of the exam was like entering a brand-new world (one where I'd never have to answer a question on the Krebbs' Cycle ...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

August 6, 2017

How to Consult With Physicians as a Med Student

As a medical student, making a phone call to another physician in the hospital is a scary thing. It probably shouldn't be, but it still is to me. I am still figuring out how to concisely summarize the situation, deliver my question succinctly, and be prepared for any ques...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 30, 2017

A Moment of Rest

After my USMLE Step 2 earlier this week, I had a few days to rest. I was able to spend some time catching up with friends, run errands for my family, visit my grandparents, and sit down to watch television. I was watching a Korean show about a famous K-Pop star who moved ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 29, 2017

Time Spending vs Time Management

Managing time effectively and efficiently is something that is so important in medical school; however, there is no formal class "Time Mangement 101." This is something we are expected to just know or learn on our own. Teachers, doctors, and people you come into contact w...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

July 26, 2017

Lessons From USMLE Step 2 CK

Yesterday, I survived my USMLE Step 2 CK. It was even longer than Step 1 (8 blocks rather than 7) and just as difficult. Some people told me that Step 2 is easier than Step 1, but for me, they were both equally hard. Maybe for people who do well from the beginning, they h...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 18, 2017

The Continued Stigma of Mental Illness

I have just started an introduction to basic psychiatry. It has helped me form a counter-cultural perspective of those with mental illness. 

Where I live, mental illnesses and going to therapy is looked down upon by many; I do not want to make an absolute sta...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

July 18, 2017

Preclinical Fellowships

Think of all the information you've learned so far.

No matter where you are in school, chances are that the current volume of facts has flown into your head at the fastest rate you've ever experienced. Some people liken medical school to drinking from a hose, but ...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

July 16, 2017

The ICU

I've never felt at-home in critical care settings. I am overwhelmed by them in both a medical sense and an emotional sense, and I realize that these two realms are not so separate. ICU patients are incredibly complicated, and their care feels so over-my-head at this stage...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

 
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Medical school and residency can be a stressful, demanding time. These medical students share their insights and experiences, good and bad, in order to create a community of support and understanding for medical students everywhere.

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    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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    Temple University School of Medicine

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